Jury Hears Witness Testimony In Trial Of Man Accused In Estranged Wife's Slaying


UPDATED: Tuesday June 5, 2012 7:37 PM

A jury heard witness testimony on Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of strangling his wife last year.

A southeast Ohio prosecutor said that evidence indicated that Summer Inman, who was found dead in a septic tank, was face-to-face with her killer when she was strangled with a plastic zip tie last year.

Twenty-seven-year-old William Inman II and his parents are charged in the death of his 25-year-old Summer Inman, 10TV's Danielle Elias. Authorities said that she was abducted, strangled and dumped in an underground septic tank behind a church in nearby Athens County.

On Tuesday, the prosecution called on five witnesses to share their stories. One of the more compelling stories came from a jogger, who described seeing a woman on the ground, her knees to her elbows.

The jogger said that she also heard the sound of a Taser coming from an alley and a woman screaming for two men to get in a car.

The witness said that she was first tipped off by a man running down the street in what she described as "gangster clothes." She said that she heard screams shortly after the man turned the corner.

"I remember hearing the scream," the witness said. "It was so loud and it was just terrifying, that you thought that somebody was getting murdered."

Summer’s mother, Debbie Cook, also testified and said that her daughter and her three children had been living with her for nine months before she went missing.

“She was scared most of the time,” Cook said. “She was afraid of Willie.”

Cook said that Summer’s boyfriend, Adam Peters, filed for divorce before dating him.

She said that one of the toughest things was explaining where her grandchildren’s mother was.

“It’s been really hard for them to accept,” Cook said. “They still ask about her every day. They want her back.”

Inman and his parents have pleaded not guilty to murder charges and are being tried separately.

The Hocking County prosecutor opened what was expected to be the first of three trials on Monday by telling jurors that the victim was strangled by her estranged husband.

His attorneys did not make opening statements Monday but said they might do so later. In all, 30 witnesses are expected to take the stand.

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